Green-fingered enthusiasts up and down the country have been advised to ensure that they clear up their gardens in preparation for the colder winter season.
Mark Diacono, who runs the UK's only climate change farm – Otter Farm, explained that this is particularly the case for vegetable patches.
In an article for the Guardian, he explained that as a result of this action, the vegetables will be able to benefit from a productive winter and an easy-going spring.
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Mr Diacono suggested pulling up and composting anything that is still available that is not sufficiently productive.
When combined with getting rid of weeds and removing any piles of debris, this can remove a range of places that slugs are likely to hide away, which could reduce the problems associated with them.
"Once you have a fresh-looking, organised garden, it deserves a cold season plan," the expert commented, adding: "There is just one rule: every inch of your kitchen garden or allotment should be accounted for, either with plants, mulch or green manure."
"Although too late to sow outdoors for a winter harvest, seedlings of perpetual spinach, chard, oriental leaves, lettuces, rocket and assorted brassicas can all be planted out now," he continued, adding that these can all be grown and harvested throughout winter."